Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Denying the Obvious

"Racial Violence Continues in Australia." That's the headline. The response from Australian Prime Minister John Howard? "I do not accept that there is underlying racism in this country."

I know that earlier today I asked whether racism will ever go away. Mr. Howard apparently thinks it's already come and gone, at least in Australia. All eyewitness accounts and brutal photography to the contrary, Mr. Howard is adamant in denying that racism is a problem for Australia.
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Here's a personal plea to Mr. Howard who, of course, stands no chance of actually reading this: learn from the example of our dilapidated nation. Five years of denying obvious truths (climate change, a failing war, an inability to engage in critical self-evaluation) have certainly left us worse for the wear. There's no need for you to follow suit.

Racism is a problem. It is an unfortunate fact of life in Australia, just as it likely is in every other country on this planet. Address the problem now and help convert it into an isolated incident. Don't deny its existence, slap a bandage on it, and allow the infection to fester.

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